I recently had the opportunity to go up to the bell tower of the San Francisco de Assis church in Casco Viejo to take pictures. What an amazing view! I was able to look out over the city and see the contrast between the old and the new. What a wonderful experience!
A certain serenity can be found in the morning hours before the madness of traffic jams and rushing people take over. Those moments are fleeting but majestic in their vibrant colors as the sun rises over the bay.
These beautiful views of the city’s skyline were taken from the 66th floor of the Trump Ocean Tower. If you would like to experience this in person, visit the the Trump’s casino which is found on the 66th floor. There is a lovely little bar at the entrance to the casino with a small infinity pool that overlooks the city. The view is amazing and the members of the staff at the Trump Tower are very friendly and helpful.
The beauty of Casco Viejo illuminates the evening sky with its many colors and old world beauty. It is truly a magical place both during the day and after the sun goes down.
It is “summer” again here in Panama. Summer is the dry season and people here in Panama take advantage of this time of the year to spend more time doing outdoor activities. One of my favorite things to do during the summer is to walk around Casco Viejo and try to capture a little of its beauty and charm with my camera. These were taken near Plaza de Francia at the Paseo de las Bovedas.
When the temperature rises there is no better way to beat the heat than to strip down and plunge into some nice, cool water. It was fun to watch these two lads enjoy their little romp in the bay.
Brown pelicans are a common sight as you walk along the Bay of Panama. These pictures were taken around Plaza de Francia in Casco Viejo.
The fort of San Lorenzo in the province of Colon was built in the late 16th century by the Spanish. It is located at the northwestern entrance to the Panama Canal. If you are a history buff this is definitely a place you should put on your “to do” list while you are visiting Panama. If you are not into history, visit it anyway because the view will take your breath away.
I have lived in Panama over thirty years and I am still amazed by the amount of wildlife that this little isthmus sustains. I am also reminded just how fragile these creatures are and how much they depend on their habitat for survival. Let’s protect our wildlife and our natural resources.
I never get tired of walking along the Bay of Panama. The salt air exhilarates me and the colorful fishing boats fill me with nostalgia for my hometown on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I miss home sometimes, but sights like this one would sorely be missed if I were to ever leave Panama.